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About Inventing Disneyland

Welcome! Inventing Disneyland is a blog about the creative team that invented the original Disneyland in 1955. Disneyland is unique in the world, as intended, but it took years for the idea of a “theme park” to take hold and spread to other cities. Because he passed away in 1966, Walt Disney never saw the other parks that The Walt Disney Company would build around the world, and he was not very interested in imitators of the Disneyland concept, such as Freedomland, or the more-successful Six Flags Over Texas. He lavished attention on Disneyland like a father with a newborn. It was the only theme park that Walt Disney ever saw.

The park is, of course, Disney’s Land. As he did for his films, Walt Disney acted as the Executive Producer of his brainchild, approving every detail from initial concepts to final paint colors. It should be obvious that there were hundreds of other talented, creative people who brought the park into existence. The official Disney history tells some of their stories, but not all. Some readers are surprised to learn that Walt didn’t write films like Lady and the Tramp himself, nor did he design the characters, or even direct the voice actors. At every turn, Walt approved the work of others.

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About Alastair Dallas

Alastair Dallas is a writer and architect with two stints totaling six years working at WED Enterprises, now Walt Disney Imagineering. Fascinated by Disneyland since childhood, he has been a student of park history for a lifetime. Alastair grew up in Los Angeles, visiting Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Pacific Ocean Park. Prior to Disney, he worked with Randall Duell and Associates in the Planning and Development department at Magic Mountain.


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